BAYHAM: Obama’s Benghazi Web of Deceit

On September 12, 2012, President Barack Obama issued a statement on the assault on the diplomatic consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

The president condemned the “outrageous attack” on the facility without making any reference to it being an act of terrorism though in the second sentence of the second paragraph, the president attributes what happened as being a reaction to an act of disrespect to Islam.

“While the United States rejects efforts to denigrate the religious beliefs of others, we must all unequivocally oppose the kind of senseless violence that took the lives of these public servants,” said President Obama.

On September 14th, at the arrival ceremony of the remains of the Americans killed in Benghazi, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton stated, “We’ve seen rage and violence directed at American embassies over an awful internet video that we had nothing to do with. It is hard for the American people to make sense of that because it is senseless, and it is totally unacceptable.”

Two days later on Meet the Press, Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice denied that the attack was premeditated and that it was a spontaneous reaction to the internet video “Innocence of Muslims”. “This is a response to a hateful and offensive video that was widely disseminated throughout the Arab and Muslim world,” said Ambassador Rice. Ambassador Rice’s assessment was based off of the “best information at present”.

Think for a moment about how absurd their assertion is.

Even though North Africa is a rough place, who brings a rocket-propelled grenade launcher to a protest?

They’re either the most naïve figures on the world stage, and thus have no business crafting our national security and foreign policy, or they are liars of the lowest order and lack the integrity to hold the high offices they occupy.

Right now, signs point to the latter.

Recently leaked e-mails that were sent to the White House only hours after the attack cites that an Islamist militant group had claimed responsibility. None of the communiqués reference a YouTube video.

It appears the president and his administration have engaged in the most egregious coordinated deception of the American public in decades.

This is worse than Watergate and Iran-Contra.

The Benghazi misinformation offensive was all about covering their posteriors for the election and the history books, since Secretary Clinton has not yet abandoned her own White House aspirations.

Blurting out “I’m responsible” in a presidential debate doesn’t bring a convenient closure to the orchestrated cover-up and outright lies the Obama Administration peddled about what happened in Benghazi and the true culprits behind the murders.

Having a frank discussion about what happened in Libya on September 11, 2012 or asking the president what he knew and when he knew it is not politicizing a tragedy. On the contrary, doing so honors the sacrifice of those lost by determining the truth of why they died and why they were not given proper protection.

The Obama Administration wants people to believe that he “killed” terrorism by authorizing the Navy SEAL attack on Osama bin Laden’s secret compound in Pakistan, which squares with his re-election bid and conforms to his worldview that the war on terror is truly a very limited engagement.

And while the deaths of four American members of our foreign service is, as the president put it on Comedy Central (!), “not optimal”, the tragedy is a reminder that al-Qaeda and militant Islamists are very much alive.

There is no Obama foreign policy achievement that could possibly balance out their indifference and/or inaction prior to the attack or their attempt to cleanse their hands of Ambassador Chris Stevens’s blood and fraudulently redistribute it to more convenient villains.

Amazingly nobody within the administration has been held accountable for this disaster, aside from Vice-President Joe Biden casual throwing our national intelligence community under the bus in a televised debate.

President Obama has been accused, rightfully so, of spiking the bin Laden football for political benefit. You can add that he’s also trying to run out the clock on Benghazi with less than two weeks before the election.

All we have gotten from the White House thus far is fairy tales, stonewalling, lies, and insults to our intelligence- that being America’s spies and our capacity as individuals to critically think.

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